MYSTERY

Good Man Gone Bad

Prospect Park. (Aaron Gunner, Bk. 7). Oct. 2019. 240p. ISBN 9781945551666. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781945551673. M
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PI Aaron Gunner gets a phone call from his cousin Del, his confidant and best friend. Del blames himself for the shooting of his wife and daughter, then shoots himself. At least that’s what the police say happened. As Del’s daughter lingers in the hospital, Gunner searches for answers as to why the good man he knew would shoot anyone. His investigation reveals a business in financial trouble and a proud man who didn’t ask for help. Did Aaron know his cousin any more than he knows the suspect in another shooting, a fellow Vietnam vet? As Aaron’s investigations lead him through the sometimes violent streets of South Los Angeles, he realizes even a good man can be pushed too far.
VERDICT Following 2000’s All the Lucky Ones Are Dead, this latest in the series brings back a dogged PI determined to find the truth. A Shamus Award winner for Fear of the Dark, the mystery that introduced Gunner, Haywood reminds readers of our complex motives and the possibility of violence always present in noir books. Tracy Clark’s readers will want to rediscover a master.

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